>> Monday, May 20, 2013
Or, "Trying Not to get Caught by Devon's Team."
Or, "The Plan was to CHEAT All Along?!?"
Or, "A LOT of Bright Speedos."
This is it! The big race report. Unless you've been hibernating for the last 2 months, you know all about the "showdown" between pro triathlete Devon Palmer and I. He formed a team ("Gold Gopher Guys") and challenged my team ("Team Itchy & Scratchy") to a race. Here's a recent post (with a lot of links at the bottom) that will get you caught up in all the smack talk. All you really need to know is that Devon got elite runner Ben Kampf to be his runner, and we agreed upon a 15:42 "handicap" for our team. The race director was even going to let their team start 15:42 behind us so it was the "first team to the line wins."
As we drove to the race yesterday, the sky got dark and it started raining:
Jennifer's tweet from the race: "View of transition. Wetsuit legal. #gearwestdu"
Unloading Henry, who was still in his PJs.
Getting Henry changed in the school at the race site.
Pre-race "business" at the school.
Walking back to the car to get his galoshes.
There weren't puddles THIS big on the course, but there were a lot of similar wet spots.
Teammate Pete coming back from a warm-up ride.
I don't know what this is. Pre-race nerves, maybe?...
Seeing Pete's shorts for the first time and rubbing them for good luck! I LOVE our faces! :)
Super stare-down. (My boobs look great here - they perk up when I'm intimidated.)
Unpleasant team-vs-team photo. (Their "bitch faces" are better than ours.)
OK, we really weren't always that serious. In fact we were RARELY that serious.
4 nipples listening to the pre-race meeting.
Pharmie and Henry!
Time to race!
A "who's who" line-up of rockstar MN multisport athletes!
Me tucked in back there behind Thad.
There were a LOT of wet spots out there in the final mile. It wasn't muddy, but there was just a lot of standing water from the morning downpour. My shoes were soaked through.
Back near transition, Devon's runner was getting ready to go, but THEY NEVER PLANNED ON STICKING TO THE 15:42 HANDICAP! Someone tweeted me this photo from the packet pick-up area:
A lonely start (for cheaters).
You see that? His toe is on the line at the start. Disqualified.
He looks like a sad, wet puppy in awesome shorts.
Waiting and looking for me.
I passed Tony Schiller (just over my shoulder) with about 0.5 miles left in the first run.
With chips embedded in each of our race numbers, there was no chip to exchange.
We just slapped hands and Pete was off!
(Oh, and that's Devon in the distance in red watching us....)
Let's go Pete!!!
Pete and his shorts getting ready to tackle the 17 mile ride.
Oh that's lovely how that sweat mark highlights my fupa.
And Jeremy was just 30 seconds behind me in the first run. If he had a strong collegiate biker (which we were afraid he had), we were toast.
Jeremy just after the first run.
Cheater #1 and cheater #2 doing their hand-off (NOT in the required "team zone," I might add).
Henry was finding puddles...
... and splashing.
With a dry change-of-clothes in hand.
Changing from 1 bright speedo to another in a wet porta-potty.
THIS WAS MY FIRST RACE IN BOTH BRIGHT SPEEDOS!!!!
Yes, I was afraid of Jeremy's team beating us, but that didn't mean I wasn't going to
give him advice on the course! (We actually warmed-up together to talk
through the tricky parts of the winding run routes. Jeremy's a great guy!)
Just after Jeremy was tagged.
Me watching Jeremy run out of T2 while noting the time.
Pete working his way up the final hill!!!!
Less than a mile into the final run.
Pete looking spent after a solid ride!
Devon (to the left) watching his runner take off after me.
Pete and Devon being social.
But then at the S-curves around the 1.75 mile marker, I ran into Jeremy running the other direction, and he said "I did it - I got lost!" Oh crap! Things could get interesting! I did my little loop behind Jeremy, and I noted I was just over a minute behind him. So he lost some time getting lost out there, but it wasn't enough to loose a position. Mile 2 was muddy and nasty, but I only gave up 1 second from the first run: 6:21.
Jeremy coming to the line as the first place team (until Devon's team finishes) at his relay debut.
Me back there heading to the finish.
Many just-after-the-finish shots of me show me trying to unhinge my jaw to breathe.
"Pardon me as I try not to puke over here..."
A good rivalry comes to a close post-race!
A muddy butt with 2 clean bikers.
Henry was running around with Mama and LOVING it out there!
Somehow, this has become a post-race tradition. Devon ran up shouting "EMERGENCY
HYDRATION" and splashed me in the face. (There's Jeremy and his biker to the left.)
Devon's runner finished 5:07 after me, so "Itchy & Scratchy" officially won the duel!!
He was FLYING to the finish.
Awkward sexy man hug among teammates.
One last dirty butt shot.
Itchy & Scratchy = Steve Stenzel, Pete Webster
• 2.8 mile run: 18:18 (6:32 pace), 2nd fastest team, 14th fastest overall (249 + relays)
• T1: 0:41 seconds, T-3th fastest team
• 16.6 mile bike: 43:19 (23.0 mph), 5th fastest team, 31st fastest overall
• T2: 0:22 seconds, T-5th fastest team
• 2.8 mile run: 18:20 (6:33 pace), 2nd fastest team, 7th fastest overall
3 out of 8 male / male teams
3 out of 13 teams total
7 RACE NOTES:
• My first run split was just 4 seconds behind Devon's runner, and my 2nd was 23 seconds behind. I'm pretty happy with how even my run times were. (They appear to be some of the most even out there.) One random goal for me during the race was to see if I could crack the top-10 overall run splits (I did that 2 years ago where I was 7th in the 1st run and 4th in the 2nd). Well, I was 14th in the first run (13th back to transition, and then Devon's runner beat me too), but I was 7th in the final run:
Devon's runner (not Ben) was 3rd, and Jeremy was right behind me in 8th even though he
took a wrong turn! And anytime I can be near Dan Hedgecock in the results is a good day.
• Based on our handicapped "equalizer" math, Pete kicked a LOT of ass out there! Looking at Buffalo Tri last year where Pete and Devon raced, we figured there would be an 11:21.9 difference between Devon's split and Pete's split. Pete nearly cut that in HALF! He's been hitting the bike hard! Nice work, fellow brightly-shorted teammate!
• Technically, this is my worst finish at the Gear West Duathlon. Matt and I finished 2nd, 2nd, 2nd, and 1st in the last 4 years we raced. But coming in 3rd this year might have been the most fun I've had here. (Although the come-from-behind win in 2011 WAS pretty fun!)
• I didn't even think about it until after the race, but my back/neck spasm from 3 days before didn't act up at all! It was sore post-race, but it didn't affect my running at all. (I wrote more about this and showed me at the acupuncturist in my last post.)
• My stomach BARELY cooperated for this race. Here comes the TMI... I had 2 pre-race nervous poops at home which is normal, but they were getting a little "loose." At the race site, I had 1 REALLY loose one about 45 minutes pre-race. Between the 2 runs, I had, well, "the runs." And post-race, my stomach was pretty upset. Pharmie wasn't sure I'd make it home by the look on my face and the way I was acting when we left the race site. But we made it home, and I had a few shots of Pepto over the next 2 hours. Things seem better now. It wasn't just "nerves..." I don't know what it was.
• And my final thought: do a "handicapped" race like this with a friend. I've challenged friends to races in the past, but never something like this where 1 person (pro triathlete Devon Palmer) is obviously WAY better than the other(s). You could always say something like "OK, we're both training for this 10K, but you always finish 2 minutes in front of me at that distance. If I finish within 2 minutes of you, you buy me dinner." Or what-not. This is a fun way to stay motivated among friends and push yourself. And you could choose to partake in smack-talk if you want... that's not a requirement. (But I have to say that it did make things more fun.)
I have more fun photos from the Crowning Ceremony, but I'll post those in a day or two. Right now, I'm beat. I feel like Henry when he got back from the race yesterday...
Back with more soon!